[library-media] Best 'search engine': Librarians!

Rick Cline rcline@media.utah.edu
Wed, 1 Nov 2006 11:55:48 -0700


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I subscribe to the SafeKids/NetFamilyNewsletter and here is a news item
from their most recent edition (Oct. 27th) that I felt was very
worthwhile to pass along. See below.

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- Rick

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SafeKids/NetFamilyNewsletter

1.	Best 'search engine': Librarians!=20

I hope this doesn't come as a surprise: Librarians are even more
irreplaceable now than before the Web came along. Why? Because we are
increasingly awash in information, which requires increasingly critical
thinking. Librarians are critical thinkers extraordinaire. They're media
literacy experts. They can help you search the Web intelligently and
also find books (remember those?) and other reference and media
materials that just might have more than a Web site can offer. Besides,
CNET reports
<http://news.com.com/Most+reliable+search+tool+could+be+your+librarian/2
100-1032-6120778.html> , most Web researchers rely on the info they get
in the top few search results. For example, if you search for "Martin
Luther King" in three of the most high-traffic search engines, you get
the site of a white supremacist group in the first or second results.
So, if a librarian isn't handy, here are some resources that they'd
probably recommend, CNET reports: Librarians Internet Index
<http://www.lii.org/>  ("Web sites you can trust"), and The Internet
Public Library <http://www.ipl.org/> , and Infomine
<http://infomine.ucr.edu/>  ("Scholarly Internet Resource Collections")
at the University of California, Riverside. BTW, here are CNET's "Top 10
Research Tools <http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-9239_7-6654999-1.html> ."=20

You'll find the Web version of this issue here
<http://www.netfamilynews.org/nl061027.html> .

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here is
a news item from their most recent edition (Oct. 27<sup>th</sup>) that I =
felt
was very worthwhile to pass along. See =
below.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p style=3D'margin-left:.5in'><font size=3D3 color=3Dblack face=3D"Times =
New Roman"><span
style=3D'font-size:12.0pt'>I hope this doesn't come as a surprise: =
Librarians are
even more irreplaceable now than before the Web came along. Why? Because =
we are
increasingly awash in information, which requires increasingly critical
thinking. Librarians are critical thinkers extraordinaire. They're media
literacy experts. They can help you search the Web intelligently and =
also find
books (remember those?) and other reference and media materials that =
just might
have more than a Web site can offer. Besides, <a
href=3D"http://news.com.com/Most+reliable+search+tool+could+be+your+libra=
rian/2100-1032-6120778.html"
title=3D"http://news.com.com/Most+reliable+search+tool+could+be+your+libr=
arian/2100-1032-6120778.html">CNET
reports</a>, most Web researchers rely on the info they get in the top =
few
search results. For example, if you search for &quot;Martin Luther =
King&quot;
in three of the most high-traffic search engines, you get the site of a =
white
supremacist group in the first or second results. So, if a librarian =
isn't handy,
here are some resources that they'd probably recommend, CNET reports: <a
href=3D"http://www.lii.org/" title=3D"http://www.lii.org/">Librarians =
Internet
Index</a> (&quot;Web sites you can trust&quot;), and <a
href=3D"http://www.ipl.org/" title=3D"http://www.ipl.org/">The Internet =
Public
Library</a>, and <a href=3D"http://infomine.ucr.edu/"
title=3D"http://infomine.ucr.edu/">Infomine</a> (&quot;Scholarly =
Internet
Resource Collections&quot;) at the <st1:PlaceType =
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of <st1:PlaceName w:st=3D"on">California</st1:PlaceName>, <st1:City =
w:st=3D"on"><st1:place
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&quot;<a
href=3D"http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-9239_7-6654999-1.html"
title=3D"http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-9239_7-6654999-1.html">Top 10 =
Research
Tools</a>.&quot; <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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